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ANTI-TAMPERING SHOWDOWN

A parliamentary debate is to be held on the government’s proposals for anti-tampering legislation. 

These were revealed in a consultation on “The Future of Transport Regulatory Review — Modernising Vehicle Standards” during 2021. It proved to be highly controversial, generating wide attention in the motorcycle world and the media, given how wording was interpreted — in such a way that suggests that all types of modifications of motorcycles will be outlawed. 

It also went further by proposing to outlaw the marketing, promotion and sale of “tampering services or products”, a potentially repressive approach to perceived problems which were not well defined in the consultation.

The National Motorcycling Council and other organisations responded to the consultation, which also attracted a petition with more than 100,000 signatories at petition.parliament.uk —passing a threshold where petitions are considered for debate in Parliament. The Petitions Committee, a cross-party group of MPs, have therefore scheduled a debate on 25 April.

Committee member Nick Fletcher MP has been asked to open the debate and would like to hear views on the government plans, and what else it should be doing on this issue. To this end, an online survey has been launched at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/V6ND30/ Responses will be anonymous and a summary of responses will be published on the Committee’s website. Members of the trade may like to take part.

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